Women of MCC Committee Profiles

NICOLE HALL
Chair

Nicole is a passionate sports fan and attends as many events at the MCG as possible.  She is a regular attendee at Essendon MCG matches, football finals and cricket in all its forms. 

Nicole enjoys the Boxing Day Test and often takes advantage of the other benefits MCC membership provides, including international soccer games.  An avid Essendon supporter, she is also a member of the Essendon Football club and Women’s network. 

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.  Nicole works in an international consulting company as the APAC Director of Operations – Digital. Nicole is passionate about the career advancement of females and strives to ensure women network and take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them.

Nicole is also an active member of the VRC, regularly attending race meetings at Flemington.  She likes to keep fit, going to the theatre and enjoys learning about wine.

Nicole is excited to assume the role as Chair of the WOMCC.  She is particularly passionate about expanding the opportunities for women to network, form friendships and get involved with this wonderful club.

JANE NATHAN
Founding Chair

Jane barracks for Melbourne and with Tony they have five demons of their own.

Jane has a business based on varied experiences in retailing with Myer Melbourne, teaching Physical Education and History, marketing organisations and local government as a Mayor of Hawthorn, 1990-1 and a Commissioner at Brimbank1994-97. Jane was a Mediator with the Small Business Commission and a marketing workshop leader with State Government Small Business.

Jane is respected for her commitment to communities; this was acknowledged with the awarding of a Centenary Medal for Distinctive Services to Local Government and in her selection as one of Boroondara’s 150 Significant People in 2004.

Jane is an Administrator Brimbank City Council, a Member of The MAV Councillor Conduct Panel, Chair, Chinese New Year United, President of Woodard’s Foundation, President of The Australian Population Institute and member Hawthorn Community Chest.

Jane was the first woman Committee Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and was President of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, where she was appointed one of three Life Fellows in May 2000 and awarded the prestigious Richard J Evans Award for Excellence 2014.

Jane was the driving force behind the establishment of WOMCC in 2005.

TONI BURBANK
Deputy Chair

Toni is married with three adult children, two sons and a daughter. All are members of the MCC and enjoy coming to both the cricket and the football. Toni and her husband Michael never miss a Melbourne match at the MCG. The whole family are all enthusiastic members of the Melbourne Football Club and are involved in volunteer work for the club.

Toni’s professional experience is in advertising with McCann Erickson, then in television as assistant to the Creative Director, and as a Production Assistant at Channel 9.

An avid sports player Toni has played golf since her teenage years. Toni is an active member of Metropolitan Golf Club where she has served on the Ladies Committee, the men’s and women’s Pennant Management Group and has been playing Pennant for over 30 years. Toni also plays bridge and tennis as a member of the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis club.

Toni spent over twenty years as a member of the Springfield Auxiliary raising money for The Australian Institute for the Blind. She is a Life Member of Old Girls Schools Challenge Golf Cup committee representing Firbank.

She is delighted to be an inaugural member of WOMCC Committee and enjoys supporting all the group’s events and encouraging wide networking amongst members.

SUELLYN WARD
Secretary

Suellyn has been a member of the MCC since 1985, when her brother transferred his Lady’s Ticket over to enable Suellyn to become a Full member. Since then, she has enjoyed attending many wonderful sporting and entertainment events at the MCG with family and friends. Suellyn has played cricket at the local district level and has also been a keen tennis player.

During the 1990s, Suellyn was a volunteer tour guide for the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. This role enabled Suellyn to share her passion for sport, the MCG and the City of Melbourne with tourists from all over the world. At the time of becoming a volunteer tour guide, Suellyn was one of only two women who were guides.

During Suellyn’s professional career, she has worked in roles encompassing office and staff management, as well as organising events for professional services firms, mining and financial organisations.

Suellyn is currently chairperson of an industry association Diversity Group and also chairperson of a Professional Administrators Group. Through these groups, Suellyn is able to influence the role of women in historically gender dominated industries.

Other interests include travel, the arts (particularly ballet) and food and wine appreciation.

Suellyn joined the WOMCC Committee in December 2014 and is looking forward to working with the committee to foster the participation of women members in club events.

JACQUI MORARTY
Treasurer

Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy 20 years ago. She specialised in the area of brain injury, both in acute and rehabilitation settings, before moving into management. 

Jacqui has completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy and has just enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration.  Jacqui is the Deputy Clinical Services Director and Allied Health Manager of the Acquired Brain Injury Service at Alfred Health.

Jacqui is passionate Carlton supporter and has fond memories of attending games with her family. Jacqui regular attends Carlton matches and will also attend other matches with friends including all finals.

Jacqui is excited to be joining the Women of the MCC after attending a number of functions.  As a committee member, Jacqui will encourage other women members to make the most of the MCC, especially the functions organised by the WOMCC.

MARGOT FOSTER

Margot Foster is a lawyer, Olympian and sports administrator.

Margot conducted her own legal firm for over 30 years and is presently the principal of two enterprises, a mediation practice and a sports consultancy.

Margot has successfully combined her legal career and sports background with many board roles from the local club to international organisations, with government and private appointments, including Australian Sports Commission, New Zealand Sports Commission, committees of the Australian Olympic Committee, Rowing Australia, Rowing Victoria, Australian University Sport, Gymnastics Australia, Vicsport, Melbourne University Boat Club, PLC School Council, Trinity College (University of Melbourne) Board of Management, National Parks Advisory Council and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust among many others.

She is currently chair of Vicsport, a director of VicHealth, a board member of the Olympians Club of Victoria and has assorted other roles.

In 2011 she received the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association’s Contribution to Sport Award for services to the law and sport. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the administration and governance of sport, as an elite athlete and for support to women’s sport.

In her fitter days, Margot won a bronze medal in rowing at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Margot became an MCC member in 2004, (her father not having the foresight to retain his ladies ticket!) and was delighted to join WOMCC in 2007.

SALLY CALLAN

Sally joined the WOMCC committee in February 2016.

She is a passionate Blues supporter, but enjoys seeing a great game no matter who the team.

The MCG has long been a meeting place for Sally and her three brothers and sister, who are half blue and half cat! It has made for many great family days over the years, sharing the ups and downs of two powerhouse teams as well as the growing hospitality options at the MCG.

Sally’s fondest memories at the MCG are enjoying the colour of the Tiger army in the late 80s with her Dad as well as seeing her daughter Lola run out with the South Melbourne Auskick team and kick a goal on grand final day in 2015 – amazing thrill!

Sally’s sporting interests extend to horse racing as a member of the VRC, tennis and rugby; a highlight seeing the state of origin light up the MCG green in 2015 and Michelle Payne’s epic Melbourne Cup victory.

Sally has worked in advertising in Melbourne for 18 years and currently works for JCDecaux, the French global leader in out-of-home advertising.

Sally has also worked with the Alfred Foundation, Kids Undercover and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art to extend the message of their very worthy work in this beautiful city she calls home.

She is proud to be an active member of the MCC community and is looking forward to working with the committee to continue to build a network of women members to promote the MCC.

KIM BREWER

Kim Brewer is a passionate St Kilda member and supporter and spent many Saturday afternoons in her youth watching them play at Moorabbin. This passion continues today, however the scope of teams watched has expanded as her husband and young son follow Melbourne, which ensures she gets great value of her MCC membership – which she gained in 1993 – and she now spends many weekends at the MCG watching a multitude of AFL and cricket teams play!

Kim has worked in financial services throughout her career, covering a variety of roles including Business Banking frontline, Marketing, Strategy, Technology and Project Management and she currently works at ANZ as Senior Strategy and Change Manager in Risk Services. Kim is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) where she gained her Masters in Applied Finance and Investment, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

When she’s not working, chasing after her son or at the MCG, Kim is an avid Melbourne Theatre Company attendee, keen traveller (having slept on every continent), and also enjoys touring wineries to replenish the home wine collection.

Having attended many WOMCC events over the years, Kim is excited to now be part of the committee.

ANNABEL BREBNER

Annabel first became a member of the MCC in 2004 and is an avid supporter of football and cricket. Having grown up in Adelaide she is a strong supporter and member of the Adelaide Football Club – following a strong family connection with football in South Australia. Her husband and three children are all MCC members and they regularly attend matches together.

Annabel’s interest in sport includes roles as a state representative (diving and gymnastics), coach, official and administrator. She has a strong interest in developing the sense of community amongst female members of the MCC, and in supporting the club’s important role as a vibrant member organisation and supporter of women’s sport at all levels.

Annabel has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and advisory committees, including for sporting, mental health, neurological research and educational organisations. She was made a fellow of the University of Adelaide Alumni Association for service in establishing the MBA Alumni Association.

Annabel’s career has included executive positions in a national public policy and economics consulting firm, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and as associate dean at the Adelaide University graduate school of business. She holds degrees in economics, business administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

SALLY MILNER

Sally’s first live football game was the inaugural Collingwood v Essendon ANZAC Day blockbuster in 1995, and it’s safe to say she’s been hooked on football ever since. An avid West Coast supporter, Sally has been known to trek across the nation to see her beloved Eagles play live, but admits that nothing quite compares to catching the big birds in action at the mighty MCG.

Sally began her career in human resources after completing arts/commerce double degree from the University of Melbourne. She worked in the oil & gas and manufacturing sectors, before setting her sights on a different career path. An interest in pursuing a law degree saw her head back to the books, and in 2015 she became a practicing lawyer.

Born and bred in Victoria’s north-east, Sally’s attraction to Melbourne included our city’s world class sporting precinct. She attends the Australian Open, Big Bash League matches and NRL games each year. However, it is the MCC’s fantastic facilities that make football’s spiritual home her favourite sporting venue.

Beyond work, Sally’s interests include netball, golf, travelling to the USA and hitting the gym.

Passionate about creating opportunities for others to make new connections through the WOMCC, Sally is excited to work with the committee in 2017 and beyond.

NARELLE JENKINS

Narelle has been a member of the MCC since 1998 and since becoming an MCC member, she has regularly enjoyed attending the MCG for both cricket and AFL games. Narelle is married with two children, one daughter (aged six) and a son (eight). The whole family are supporters of the Essendon Football Club and enjoy watching games.

Narelle began her career as a paediatric nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1998 and since then has had diverse experience across a broad range of positions in both management and clinical areas. After living in Canberra for three years (2010-2012) for her husband’s military posting, she returned to Melbourne and is now back working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in a permanent part-time role. In addition to this part-time work, she volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in their monthly health clinics.

Sport has always been a big part of Narelle’s life and she has enjoyed playing a variety of sports such as netball, tennis, bike riding and attending the gym.  She has participated in the Great Victorian Bike Ride twice and volunteered for Bicycle Victoria.  Narelle has recently discovered stand-up paddle boarding and makes the most of any opportunity to get to the beach to practice on her board.

Narelle joined the WOMCC two years ago, and has enjoyed attending a number of the functions organised by the committee. As a mother of a young daughter, Narelle is inspired by the opportunities the Women of the MCC offers to support all women in sport and is thrilled to be joining the WOMCC Committee.

ADRIENNE MUNRO

Adrienne is an Occupational Therapist with years of experience between Melbourne, Sydney and London. She currently works at the Alfred Hospital in a senior position and is completing her Masters of Business Administration.

Adrienne comes from a strong family tradition of MCC membership and is an avid sports fan. On most weekends during winter you will find her at the MCG watching football and socialising. She is also a keen cricket fan, and particularly enjoys  the annual Boxing Day Test and the Big Bash League. Adrienne also has a keen interest in horse racing; in addition to her MCC membership she is a member of Richmond Football Club and Melbourne Racing Club. She also plays competitive tennis and enjoys running, travelling, socialising with friends and good food and wine.

Adrienne is delighted to enjoy the WOMCC Committee and looks forward to encouraging her fellow women members and their guests to embrace the club and all the opportunities, facilities and functions it offers.

CHRISTINE WILDING

Christine is a passionate tiger supporter as is her large family.  She attends most games including some interstate.

Christine enrolled for MCC membership as soon as women were able to apply, and became a member when husbands were able to convert their ladies ticket. Her son and daughter are both members and we all enjoy attending football, cricket and various events at the MCG. She was a past member of the social committee for the MCC Baseball Section. Christine is committed to women's rights and is looking forward to increasing the profile of women at the MCC.

Professionally Christine is currently working for Melbourne Health as a Senior Mental Health Clinician.

Christine's interests include food, wine, socialising with family and friends, health, aqua aerobics, politics, theatre, movies and most sports.

JACINTA ATKINSON

Jacinta is a lifelong Melbourne  supporter, having acquired her team by birthright, and then choosing to continue her support. With the commencement of the inaugural women’s football league commencing in 2017, Jacinta is excited to have another Demons team to support. Joining the MCC as a member in 2000, Jacinta is proud of the history the MCC and MFC share.

Jacinta has a legal background, practising as a lawyer in commercial disputes.

Jacinta joined the WOMCC Committee in 2016, and is looking forward assisting to increase the awareness and engagement of female MCC members.

Jacinta’s other interests include health and fitness, travel, photography and socialising with friends – exploring and enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer.

KYLIE McRAE

Kylie has been immersed in the culture of the MCC since becoming a member in 2001.  She joined the Young Members Committee shortly after attending her first function, and then became president in 2002.  In 2003 the Young Members held the last ever function in the old Dining Room, and in 2006 Kylie was married (to Gus) there in the very first function in the new Members Dining Room.

Born and bred in the Western District, Kylie left Warrnambool in 1992 for Melbourne, but still has very strong ties with the Warrnambool area.

Kylie is a partner of Walters & Partners, a boutique accounting firm in Balwyn.  In addition she is active on a number of Not for Profit Boards, holding the position of chair of Safe Futures Foundation (in the Family Violence space) for 10 years.   She is currently treasurer and vice-president of her local School Council, as well as treasurer of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Victoria – an NFP with the aim of raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics Victoria.

A long time (now retired) netballer, Kylie is a keen cricket fan, and a lifelong Carlton supporter from a family of Bombers – which made for some interesting wagers growing up.   Now living with three Tiger boys - making for a very tense household every round of footy, particularly leading up to September.  Weekends are taken up with back-to-back local junior sport, but still with a regular trip into the 'G. 

She is also a member of the VRC and a regular attendee at Flemington, as well as the occasional trip to the country races and Hong Kong.  Any spare time is spent cooking up a storm for family and friends, or feet up with a good book.

Kylie is very excited to join the WOMCC Committee as the next step in her MCC journey – combining her love of the club and the ground with raising the profile of women in sport and in traditionally male bastions.